January 15th through 19th, 2014!
Join these great Featured Consignments at the most unique auction experience ever created: Auction In The Round!
These Showcase Feature Consignments are just a sampling of the many great cars that will join over 750 others to be sold in Scottsdale this January! Check back weekly as these Feature Consignments will rotate and be updated with additional great cars. Prior to the Flagship Russo and Steele Auction, full listings of all the consignments will be posted and also available on our Digital Auction Catalog.
The 1963 Sting Ray production car's lineage can be traced to two separate GM projects: the Q-Corvette, and perhaps more directly, Mitchell's racing Stingray. The Q-Corvette, initiated in 1957, envisioned a smaller, more advanced Corvette as a coupe-only model. The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray not only had a new design, but also newfound handling prowess. The Sting Ray was also a somewhat lighter Corvette, so acceleration improved despite unchanged horsepower. 21,513 units would be built for the 1963 model year, which was up 50 percent from the record-setting 1962 version. Production was divided almost evenly between the convertible and the new coupe - 10,919 and 10,594, respectively - and more than half the convertibles were ordered with the optional lift-off hardtop. Nevertheless, the coupe wouldn't sell as well again throughout the Sting Ray years. All 1963 cars had 327cid engines, which made 250 hp standard, with optional variants that made 300 hp, 340 hp and 360 hp. The most powerful engine was the Rochester fuel injected 327cid V8, which made 360 hp. Options available on the C2 included AM-FM radio (mid 1963), air conditioning and leather upholstery. Exterior styling was purposeful, with peaked fenders, a long nose, and a short, bobbed tail.
This 1963 Corvette L84 completed a three year, cost-no-issue professional restoration in 2009. This Fuel Injected Corvette is one of 2610 that are known to have been built, inclusive of all colors in both coupe and convertible body styles. The beautiful Silver Blue lacquer, the original color of this Corvette, is quite rare and stunning which adds to its provenance. Further, this investment quality Corvette excels in judging and has earned the instantly recognized Bloomington Gold certification (2009), an NCRS Chapter Top Flight (2009), and an NCRS Regional Top Flight in Kissimmee FL (2011). An NCRS Top Flight award represents a score of 94% or above against a 4500 point scale, the standard for which is a perfect Corvette as produced from the factory on its very best day in 1963. This car earned a score of 97.2% on the same scale at Kissimmee last year, qualifying it to pursue the coveted Duntov Award should the new owner choose to do so. The original NCRS and Bloomington Gold judging sheets from all events are available to prove the superiority of this car.
From the beautifully restored L84 fuel injection unit, to the original “092” ignition coil, correct original wheels and wheel covers, proper mechanical voltage regulator, distributor and NOS distributor cap down to the NOS light bulbs, no detail has been overlooked. The engine, transmission and rear differential are numbers matching.
This is a stunning 1963 Corvette "fuelie" that has been recognized with numerous awards from the harshest of all Corvette judges. It is fully optioned with the famed fuel injected engine and represents the first of the second generation Corvettes.